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Largest Lakes In North America
This list below includes both freshwater and saltwater lakes. Some important points to note:
# If counted separately, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan would be the second and third largest lakes in North America, and Lake Superior would be second, and would assume the mantle of the continent's largest freshwater lake from Michigan-Huron.
# If it were a natural lake, the Smallwood Reservoir (6,527 sq km / 2,520 sq miles - Canada) would be at number 10 in the chart below.
# No saltwater lakes have made the North American Top 10.
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1 Michigan-Huron Canada /
United States
8,458 km3 /
2,029 cubic miles
117,702 sq km /
45,445 sq miles
Lake Michigan-Huron
2 Superior Canada /
United States
12,100 km3 /
2,900 cubic miles
82,414 sq km /
31,820 sq miles
Lake Superior
3 Great Bear Canada 2,236 km3 /
536 cubic miles
31,080 sq km /
12,000 sq miles
Great Bear Lake
4 Great Slave Canada 2,090 km3 /
500 cubic miles
28,930 sq km /
11,170 sq miles
Great Slave Lake
5 Erie Canada /
United States
489 km3 /
117 cubic miles
25,719 sq km /
9,930 sq miles
Lake Erie
6 Winnipeg Canada 283 km3 /
68 cubic miles
23,553 sq km /
9,094 sq miles
Lake Winnipeg
7 Ontario Canada /
United States
1,639 km3 /
393 cubic miles
19,477 sq km /
7,520 sq miles
Lake Ontario
8 Nicaragua Nicaragua 108 km3 /
26 cubic miles
8,001 sq km /
3,089 sq miles
Lake Nicaragua
9 Athabasca Canada 204 km3 /
49 cubic miles
7,920 sq km /
3,060 sq miles
Lake Athabasca
10 Reindeer Canada 95 km3 /
23 cubic miles
6,330 sq km /
2,440 sq miles
Reindeer Lake
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Lake Images Info
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